Project: Strengthening Citizenship and Consolidation of Democracy in Chad
Evaluation Date: February 2011
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The information tools that the project developed for the training and literacy activities were very effective and relevant to the level of knowledge and skills of the beneficiaries. Trainees emphasized that had benefited significantly from the training and a number of the women participants for the first time got involved in democratic processes including participating in legislative elections as candidates.

Theme: Community activism
Project: Initiative to Build Social Movements in Sierra Leone
Evaluation Date: May 2016
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project could have been more effective by providing support to existing advocacy engagements by the participants (CSO and CSO platforms) platforms on the issues that were identified during the training sessions. Project funds could have been set aside for this purpose, which would have provided platform managers with an incentive to develop and implement strategies for engagement with relevant decision-makers. As it was, the platform leaders who became aware of needs and opportunities for advocacy were often unable to address these, due to lack of resources.

Theme: Community activism
Project: Access to Justice and Human Rights Education (Rwanda)
Evaluation Date: September 2013
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project could have further developed the printed support material and continued distributing it to paralegals so that it could be replicated and assimilated into other ongoing activities. The material should have been more didactic while maintaining a flexible format. The material should have been written in the local language with a more manageable length using clear examples and visual illustrations.

Theme: Rule of law
Project: Access to Justice and Human Rights Education (Rwanda)
Evaluation Date: September 2013
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The grantee focused on upgrading the paralegals’ skills. This was based on their strategic vision of building human capital. The project sought to create a multiplier effect by training volunteer paralegals and law students who would then apply their knowledge and experience in rural areas to foster a better understanding of the law and the settlement of disputes once the project had been completed.

Theme: Rule of law
Project: Promoting democratic and human rights values among Rwandan youth
Evaluation Date: February 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

The project was mostly focused on explaining the domestic and international laws and policies underpinning democratic processes and human rights, and did not give sufficient attention to enhancing trainers’ pedagogical and training skills. As a the grantee acknowledged that the trainers had acquired a good understanding of democracy and human rights issues, but did not know precisely how to convey this knowledge to groups of younger, less educated people.

Theme: Youth engagement
Project: Promoting democratic and human rights values among Rwandan youth
Evaluation Date: February 2014
Report: [report link]
Lesson Learned:

An unplanned beneficial outcome of the project was that it enhanced some young people’s participation in economic development and income-generation activities. Some of the participants interviewed referred to other activities they engaged in subsequently to the training, including small lending schemes. A number of the young people in Bugesera who joined a district-administered vocational training scheme felt that the debating skills they acquired through the project helped them be selected for that scheme.

Theme: Youth engagement